Lih Huoy Foo
BSc in Actuarial Science, Sir John Cass Business School
Given Lih Huoy Foo's enthusiasm for her experience as a student on the BSc in Actuarial Science at the Cass Business School, it might be surprising to learn that she does not intend to become an actuary when she leaves City in the summer. For Lih, however, the graduate position that she will assume in the Capital Markets division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, represents a natural progression from her degree at City. She feels that the solid grounding she has acquired in finance, mathematics, statistics and critical thinking will be invaluable when she makes the short move from City to the City.
After completing her 'A' levels in Kuala Lumpur and working for a year for Topshop Malaysia, Lih decided to apply to the Cass Business School. She was motivated by its prestigious reputation for Actuarial Science and potential for work experience in the City of London. At the end of her first year, she was accepted onto a two-week Insight Program at BNP Paribas, an experience that she says helped her see how her actuarial skills would apply to the financial sector. Lih was keen to undertake a one-year placement in her third year at City and her tutors were helpful in alerting her to opportunities in her preferred field. The placement she secured at the Bank of England Sterling Markets Division confirmed her desire to work in the fast-paced world of finance and banking. As a research assistant at the bank, she quickly graduated from retrieving data and assisting in analysis to writing daily news updates for the morning market report, supported by a team of colleagues always willing to help and advise.
For even the most motivated undergraduate, the prospect of applying for jobs in a challenging economic climate is daunting. Lih was no exception, but on returning to City after her year at the Bank of England, she found the support of the Careers Service to be invaluable. She credits the appointments with consultants, mock interviews, CV guidance and general professionalism of the Service with her successful application to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Though understandably excited by the thought of training for her new role in New York this summer, Lih will leave City with memories of the tutors and peers who have inspired her.